1. R&B/Hip-Hop Heavy Hitters Lead 'Undisputed'

    December 21, 2001 12:00 AM EST Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash Money Millionaires will be featured on the upcoming Cash Money/Universal soundtrack to the Miramax film "Undisputed. Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash…

  2. Music

    November 10, 2001 12:00 AM EST You might call it a comeback: Building upon the success of his chart-topping single, "Music," Erick Sermon makes his triumphant return to the game with his J Records debut of the same name. You might call it a comeback: Building upon the success of his chart-topping single, "…

  3. Jackson Leads Eight Top-20 Debuts

    November 08, 2001 12:00 AM EST As anticipated, Michael Jackson scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the long awaited Epic album "Invincible." The set leads eight top-20 debuts on sales of 366,000 units, according to Sou As anticipated, Michael Jackson scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with…

  4. Hot Product

    October 29, 2001 12:00 AM EST Previewing albums from Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Enrique Iglesias, Jermaine Dupri, and more. Jackson's Back It's been six years since Michael Jackson released an album of new material. And, befitting the kind of hype that accompanies the self-proclaimed King of Pop's…

  5. Sermon's Label, Manager Refute Suicide Attempt

    October 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Erick Sermon's label and manager are refuting published accounts that the injuries the rapper suffered last week were the result of a suicide attempt from a third-story window. Earlier reports said th Erick Sermon's label and manager are refuting published accounts that the injuries…

  6. Police Investigating Sermon's Injuries

    October 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The extensive injuries sustained Sept. 25 by rapper Erick Sermon were apparently the result of a plunge from a third-story window, rather than a car accident on a rain-slicked road, as originally clai The extensive injuries sustained Sept. 25 by rapper Erick Sermon were apparently the result…

  7. Erick Sermon Stable After Car Accident

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Erick Sermon was in critical but stable condition today (Sept. 28) after slamming his Mercedes-Benz into a cement divider on a highway. Sermon, 32, suffered broken bones and internal bleeding a Rapper Erick Sermon was in critical but stable condition today (Sept. 28) after slamming his…

  8. Ja Rule Is 'Livin' It Up'

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Ja Rule was readying to drop his sophomore set, "Rule 3:36." Although he was already a star in hip-hop circles, thanks to guest shots with Jay-Z What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Ja Rule was readying to…

  9. Cypress Hill Alters Smoke Out Schedule

    September 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Cypress Hill-organized Smoke Out festival has undergone a series of logistical changes, with a Sept. 29 date in Holmdel, N.J., postponed while producers look for another New York-area location. An The Cypress Hill-organized Smoke Out festival has undergone a series of logistical changes,…

  10. Top Stars Cover Marvin Gaye For Charity

    September 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys, are participating in sessions for a new recording Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears,…

  11. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A recap of late R&B star Aaliyah's chart performance, and a look at R&B acts who debuted in the 1960s who appear on the charts today, plus stories on Blu Cantrell, Jennifer Lopez, and Ja Rule. IN TRIBUTE: It was just a little over seven years ago that a young R&B singer by…

  12. Deftones, Busta Join Cypress Hill's Smoke Out

    August 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The initial slate of acts for Cypress Hill's fourth annual Smoke Out festival, which this year will play dates outside of Southern California for the first time, includes hard rock act the Deftones, r The initial slate of acts for Cypress Hill's fourth annual Smoke Out festival,…

  13. LL, Ludacris, Nas Enjoy 'The Goodlife'

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J, Ludacris, Nas, Erick Sermon, Joe, and India.Arie are among the artists represented on "The Goodlife," a 19-track compilation album that marks the first release from Universal's joint ventur LL Cool J, Ludacris, Nas, Erick Sermon, Joe, and India.Arie are among the…

  14. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News and analysis of Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and the Isley Brothers' chart spans, 'N Sync's appearance on top of the Top Internet Album Sales chart, Buffalo Springfield's "Box Set" on the charts NEWS FROM THE GRAPEVINE: Until this week, the act with the…

  15. Ludacris, Gray, Musiq Bolster 'Rush Hour 2'

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT New tracks from Ludacris, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild will be featured on the Def Jam/Def Soul soundtrack to "Rush Hour 2." The album, due July 31, is loaded with Def Jam /Def Soul artists, including n New tracks from Ludacris, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild will be featured on the Def…

  16. Billboard Bits: Erick Sermon, Henry Rollins, Pat Green

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Erick Sermon, EPMD, Henry Rollins, Pat Green As tipped here earlier this month , Erick Sermon has left Def Jam and signed a joint venture agreement with Clive Davis' new J Records label, encompassing both a solo and production deal with Sermon's Def Squad Records. The artist…

  17. Murray Celebrates His Freedom With New Solo Deal

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam has signed rapper Keith Murray to a long-term deal as a solo artist. The announcement follows Murray's exoneration last month on assault charges stemming from a 1995 incident at a Connecticut Def Jam has signed rapper Keith Murray to a long-term deal as a solo artist. The…

  18. Billboard Bits: EPMD/Sermon, Kiss, Jayhawks

    June 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on EPMD, Erick Sermon, Kiss, Jayhawks Rap duo EPMD and Erick Sermon have signed with J Records, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Sermon is a solo artist and half of EPMD, along with Parrish Smith. Both were previously signed to Def Jam. Representatives for J declined comment. EPMD has…

  19. What's the Worst That Could Happen?

    June 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Like most soundtracks, What's the Worst That Could Happen? has its peaks and valleys. Like most soundtracks, What's the Worst That Could Happen? has its peaks and valleys. The combination of newcomers and veteran acts creates an uneven set that is kept afloat by a few stellar turns.…

  20. Staind's 'Cycle' Makes Mark At No. 1

    May 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Staind's "Break the Cycle" (Flip/Elektra) crashes into The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with more than 716,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The album is the second consecutive hard rock Staind's "Break the Cycle" (Flip/Elektra) crashes into The…

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